What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a fundraising campaign supported by parents, alumni, friends, and our faculty and staff members. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of a Drew education – the endowment and gifts to the Annual Fund support the operating gap.

Your Gift Matters

 
Your gift and support in advancing our mission mean that each student, individually and collectively, can make their mark on the world while amplifying their voice and agency, helping us create a high school experience unlike any other school. Together, we can empower the next generation of leaders and change-makers. Your support makes a significant difference in shaping the future of our students as they make their mark on the world.

Contact Us

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  • Photo of Brittany Yantos

    Brittany Yantos 

    Associate Director of Advancement
    415.409.3739 x3772
  • Photo of Selena Shadle

    Ms. Selena Shadle 

    Director of Advancement
    (415) 430-3719

Maintain Faculty Excellence

Attract the best teachers and administrators from around the world with competitive salaries, benefits, and professional development opportunities that ensure our students receive the highest level of cutting-edge thinking around education.

Ensure Socioeconomic Diversity

Forty percent of current families receive some level of need-based financial support. Drew is deeply committed to economic diversity and offers a robust tuition assistance program. We believe in the power of providing access to families that can share their range of experiences and perspectives with the community.

Offer a Challenging Yet Joyful Curriculum

We continue to innovate our robust, well-rounded programs to meet the needs of our students with over 70 courses and electives, over 25 affinity groups and clubs, 19 experiential education opportunities, our signature DEALL and senior capstone projects.

Giving Levels

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  • Diamond Dragons

    $50,000 and up
  • Platinum Dragons

    $25,000-$24,999
  • Golden Dragons

    $10,000-$24,999
  • Silver Dragons

    $6,500-$9,999
  • Leadership Circle

    $2,500-$6,499
  • Drew Friends

    $1.00-$2,499

FAQ

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Why should parents participate in the Annual Fund?

    Our annual  fund is the foundation of our fundraising efforts. Like most independent schools, and even many public schools now, we ask our community to contribute to this yearly unrestricted campaign. Since contributions are applied to the operating budget in the school year in which they are requested, Drew relies on donors to support the Fund every year. Likewise, your gifts have an immediate impact on the life of the school, and your child(ren)’s education.

    The annual fund helps make up the difference between tuition revenues and the actual cost of Drew’s day-to-day operations. We ask that all gifts and pledges are made by December 31, and paid in full by June 15.
  • What does the annual fund support?

    Gifts to the annual fund allow Drew to continue to support the programs and faculty that make our school thrive: everything from faculty salaries and professional development to tuition assistance and Experiential Education. The Fund also allows Drew to be flexible and responsive to yearly budgeting needs as they arise. In short, the Fund supports the school’s efforts to be the kind of environment that encourages teens to reach their potential every day.
  • How much should my family give?

    This is a very personal decision. Because every child in the school benefits, we ask that everyone give at a level that is meaningful to their family. Gifts of all sizes add up to significant support for Drew and have ranged from $25–$50,000 and more. In addition to financial goals, we also hope to achieve 100% participation from families, Board of Trustees, faculty and staff. We ask that you make the Drew Annual Fund your giving priority this year.
  • Why don’t you just raise tuition?

    In keeping with our mission, we keep tuition levels comparable to area schools to attract and retain a diverse and vibrant student community. Raising tuition significantly above that competitive level may discourage families from applying, which affects the entire community. Also, in contrast to tuition, Annual Fund gifts are 100% tax-deductible.
  • Or, just cut expenses?

    The Board of Trustees and Administration work very hard to run a “tight ship” when it comes to our school’s annual budget. Most of our tuition revenue goes towards faculty and staff salaries, benefits and fixed costs such as utilities and basic maintenance. We pride ourselves on our programs and our close personal relationships. To cut expenses would compromise our mission.
Drew School is an exempt organization, as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your gift to the Annual Fund is fully tax-deductible and our tax-ID number is EIN 94-2219550.
Drew knows and believes in teenagers. We engage each student in a process of intellectual discovery to develop an individual voice, the confidence to express it, and the empathy to understand its impact.
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